Showing posts from 2017

Hawaii Part 1 - Kauai

If you’ve ever watched Magnum PI, or Lost, or you’ve seen pretty much any movie about giant monsters made by Hollywood, you’ll be familiar with Hawaii and it’s lush rolling green mountains and big surf.
Some facts about this beautiful range of islands. It’s the most isolated population centre in the world.  A third of the world’s exported pineapples come from here.  The mountain ranges are the tops of the highest mountain range in the world - Mauna Kea on the Island of Hawai’i is the tallest mountain on the planet from base to summit.  Hawaii has its own timezone.  It’s the best place to stargaze, housing the world's biggest telescope and more scientific observatories in one place than anywhere else in the world.
One thing you notice about Hawaii, even in Oahu, is that it is gloriously litter free and there is very little construction.  It's also home to some of the biggest surf in the world and some of the best beaches.  They also grow coffee, have active volcanoes, tons of wa…

Down Mexico Way - Baja

Everyone has heard of Baja, probably just as famous for its winter-sun seeking celebrities as it is for the whales that come in winter every year to mate.  It’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit – one of the few places in Mexico that I haven’t been yet. 
The Baja peninsula stretches down from California and is actually known as California South, something I didn’t realise until I was looking it up on google maps.  It’s an extraordinarily beautiful mix of rolling cactus-covered hills and sparkling blue ocean.  Marine wildlife is predominant here and actually very well protected, so it’s always been on my ‘to do’ list as a place to visit.
Cabo San Lucas was my first stop.  To me this is like the American equivalent of Benidorm, as in it’s more American than Mexican.  Weirdly there are more sushi restaurants than Mexican restaurants and a distinct lack of a Japanese population, just another indication of catering to the American masses that flock here every year for winter sun, ch…